Eggs: The Right Amount in your Diet

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Article Summary

"The Right Way To Incorporate Eggs Into Your Diet" by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is provided by TheHuffingtonPost.com in the Huffpost Healthy Living section of the website and was published on 03/10/2016. Updated every 5 years, the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines released in January state that the relationship between dietary cholesterol, which are found in animal foods, and blood cholesterol levels are inconclusive. Their recommendation is to continue limiting dietary cholesterol with the exception of cholesterol from eggs and shellfish. Until now, it was very easy to go over the U.S. Dietary Guidelines' old recommended daily cholesterol restriction of 300 mg by simply having two large eggs for breakfast which contain 186 mg cholesterol each. There are many benefits for incorporating eggs into your diet that support your health. They are one of the best sources of macronutrients and micronutrients along with providing the body with 6 grams of protein which is 13 percent of your daily recommended amount with just one large egg. They are also a very easily absorbed protein-rich food as compared to milk, fish, beef, tofu, or beans. Eggs contain vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins, and important minerals such as iron and zinc. Furthermore, eating about three and a half eggs weekly can help lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines also have a recommendation to limit 10 percent of calories from saturated fat. One egg contains 1.6 g of saturated fat which is 1 percent of calories in a 1,500 calorie diet. In conclusion, there is no need to restrict egg intake based on cholesterol, but if you're eating a lot of foods containing saturated fat you may want to watch your intake of eggs.

Article Critique

"The Right Way To Incorporate Eggs Into Your Diet" by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a well written, well organized, easy to follow, informative article with credible resources and research. Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a nutrition consultant, spokesperson, recipe developer, writer, and editor. She is the former Senior Editor of Health, Weight Watchers Magazine, and WeightWatchers.com. With her being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with an advanced degree she is an expert on giving advice about nutrition and is someone who should be listened to. I feel she is a credible author. Although the article was found on www.huffingtonpost.com and was not found on a website ending in .gov, .edu, or .org the U.S. Dietary Guidelines were frequently referenced which is a reliable source of information. Furthermore, in the article the U.S. Dietary Guidelines had a direct link to health.gov which is a reputable site giving even more information. Quotes with informative facts from specific people with professional credentials who were members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were also included throughout the article. Additionally, the author always gave the names and credentials of the information providers of a quote. Amy Gorin also referenced a 2015 study and a 2015 Finnish study both published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Although she did not specifically state the name of the studies, both studies are recent and published in a credible journal. The site has been updated once since it was first published. The main critique I have is that there is no works cited at the end of the article. Overall I learned new knowledge in which I did not know before, and I trust that it is true based on the credibility of the author and her resources.

Works Cited

Gorin, A., MS, RDN. (2016, March 03). The Right Way To Incorporate Eggs Into Your Diet. Retrieved April 05, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sonimacom/the-right-way-to-incorporate-eggs-into-your-diet_b_9423814.html?utm_hp_ref=diet-and-nutrition